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SA man caught with child abuse material

A South Australian man is expected to front court on Monday after being charged with possessing child abuse material.

The 56-year-old was arrested and charged in May by the South Australian Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) after a report from the United States’ National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children sparked an investigation.

The report alleged a suspected SA user uploaded content to social media of a young girl engaging in a sexually suggestive act.

Police say the account was connected to the accused, and a search of his home in May uncovered abusive material on his electronic devices.

The man is due to appear in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court on Monday and faces a maximum penalty of 15 years behind bars if convicted.

Australian Federal Police detective Acting Superintendent Gavin Stone said officers in the SA JACET – which comprises AFP and SA Police officers – worked tirelessly to protect children and bring those who prey on them to justice.

“The children who are forced into these unimaginable situations are continually re-victimised through every access and share of the content online,“ he said.

“Anyone who views this material shows a complete disregard for the emotional and physical trauma that these children experience and is complicit in the physical abuse.

“Potential offenders should be warned that law enforcement agencies around the world work together to pursue anyone who seeks to harm children.”

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